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Gloria Diserly

Gloria Freda Diserly (Wambdenica Owayanka Wiyan, Girl Who Looks for Orphans), 73, of Poplar, died Sept. 20, 2018, at Billings Clinic in Billings.

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Robert Groat

Robert Lee Groat, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
He was born Feb. 3, 1932, at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Hollywood, Calif., to Elizabeth and Clifford Groat.
He did three tours in the Air Force which enabled him to travel all over the world. He spent many years in Germany and then back to civilian life.
He came to Montana twice with his wife, Emma Mae Groat, and he liked Montana so much they never went back to California.
He enjoyed long rides on his pride and joy, his Harley Davidson motorcycle, which he lovingly named “Bear.” He and Emma went on many adventures.
He had a long and fulfilling life and leaves behind his wife of 36 years, Emma Mae Groat of Wolf Point; sons, Richard and Tag from California and James from Oregon; daughter, Dawna Lee of Wolf Point; and one grandson. He married into the large Cantrell family, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, whom he claimed as his family.
His funeral Service was held Monday Sept. 24, at Clayton Stevenson Chapel in Wolf Point. Burial was at Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.

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Norma Rauch

Norma Jean Bushman was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Ulysses Kansas to Margaret (Penner) Bushman and Ernest Bushman who both came from Oklahoma, as the second of three children. She grew up with her older brother Kenneth and her younger sister Janice in a loving Christian home and eventually the family made its way to the Fresno, Calif., area. She graduated from Central Union High in Fresno and attended Pacific Bible institute in Fresno.
She was married and divorced and came to visit her brother and sister-in- law who were working in Lustre, Mont., the summer of 1961. She had been receiving information from them about a handsome divorced cowboy named Harold with a young daughter named Karyl through the matchmaking perseverance of Karyl’s maternal grandmother Luella Koslowsky who proceeded to make sure the two met almost immediately upon her arrival in Lustre. She had driven three days to get there and arrived at 11 p.m. on June 3. On June 12, Harold proposed at Bridge Park and gave her an engagement ring. They were married in California in Norma’s maternal Grandmother Penner’s backyard on Aug. 18, 1961. Norma stated her Grandmother Penner had been praying she would find a good man for a husband.
They returned to Wolf Point with her things loaded in a pickup topper Harold had made for this purpose and set up housekeeping, ranching, keeping milk cows, farming and Harold was still building houses.
It was a very busy life, and Gospel Fellowship Church was always a central part of it. Norma served on the board of Christian Women’s Club, she was involved with Sunday school, and DVBS many years as well as AWANA. She enjoyed going to women’s retreats, such as Medora, and participated in the Ladies Aide in the early years of Gospel Fellowship.
Norma became an excellent cook and baker and had an extensive garden that she canned and froze produce from and, in later years, participated in the farmers market. She collected an extensive collection of cookbooks and always had the newest cooking gadgets. Harold bought her one of the first microwaves.
She was an accomplished seamstress. She had no family in Montana however and it was expensive to make phone calls so contact with her family over the years in California was through letters for the most part. In 1997, her cousin Donna from California came to visit her and met and married David Pankratz which then gave her some family in the area. Donna and David became like family to Norma and she doted on their four children like they were her own. Then, in 2000, Karyl and her two girls moved back to the area and she had a bounty of grandchildren to be occupied with.
Over the next years, she spent many hours attending school functions and games for her granddaughters and watching their performances in church programs and music. This gave her great pleasure and she was especially proud of them both graduating from Lustre Christian High School and going on to attend Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Sask.
Harold passed away suddenly in July 2011, a couple weeks short of their 50th wedding anniversary. This left a huge void for her. The subsequent November she made a trip to California for a family reunion with Karyl, Geneva and Michaeline and this was a huge highlight for her. In April 2014, she suffered a heart attack and was resuscitated in the OR in Billings as part of the resulting treatment. She was not happy about being resuscitated and felt she could have gone to be with Harold in heaven at the time. She was in CCU/ICU for 10 days and was on a heart pump for a good part of that time. She then recuperated at Aspen Meadows in Billings until she was strong enough to come home. She insisted the farm was her home and spent another year on the farm and then moved to Faith Home in Wolf Point as the damage to her heart took its course. She genuinely enjoyed her time in the home and her care there was excellent, but her heart was growing weaker and her ability to do things waned as her desire to go home to her Father in Heaven and her husband grew. On Sept. 17, 2018, at 2:20 in the afternoon as she napped her prayers were answered and she slipped peacefully into heaven and the open arms of Jesus.
She was preceded in death by her Grandmother and Grandfather Penner; her parents, Ernest and Margaret Bushman; and her sister, Janice.
She is survived by her brother, Kenneth Bushman (Jodell); her daughter, Karyl Rauch; granddaughters, Michaeline Franson (James) of Moose Jaw, Canada, and Geneva Rauch-Matthews of Billings, Mont.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her very special friends and cousins, Donna and David Pankratz and Levi, Mark, Judy and Diane Pankratz.
Visitation was helTuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel, 102 Custer St. in Wolf Point, Mont. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Lustre Christian High School, 4 Lustre High Cir., Lustre, MT 59225; lustrechristian.org. Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements.

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Joseph Carson

Joseph Lawrence Carson of Fort Peck, Mont., passed away on Sept. 8, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow surrounded by his devoted wife and family.
Joe was born March 1, 1923, in Wolf Point to Charles and Margaret LaRoque Carson. He attended school in Wolf Point for eight years. At the age of 16, Joe went to work with the section crew on the Great Northern Railroad.
In 1943, Joe joined the Army as a heavy equipment operator and as a construction laborer. Joe served in New Guinea, Luzon and Korea. He was honorably discharged Dec. 28, 1945.
In 1950, Joe met the love of his life – Mary Ann Johnson – in Brockton, Mont. On Jan. 27, 1951, they eloped to Glasgow, Mont., and were married in the Methodist Parsonage. They have been together for 67 years, proving that a man can actually love a woman faithfully and unconditionally for a lifetime.
Joe was a jack of all trades. Besides the railroad, he worked for Servisoft, the Glasgow School District, Saboe Oil, finally landing a job with the Corps of Engineers as a laborer and heavy equipment operator. In 1979, Joe suffered a heart attack and was forced to retire on Jan. 2, 1986, with 28 years of service.
Joe is survived by many people who loved him and laughed with him, including his loving wife, Mary Ann; daughters, Mary Jo (Bruce) Berry of Superior, Mont., Ginger (Jerry) Rice of Belgrade, Mont., Debbie (Butch) Heitman of Glasgow, Mont.; and son, Rick (Melissa) Carson of Montrose, Colo. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Annis of Denver, Colo. He has 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, many special nieces, nephews and cousins besides many other extended families including Tan Leckie and Dyan Carlson.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Carson; and sisters, Alice Boyer, Katie Belle McDermott and Josephine Berger.
Per Joe’s request, he has been cremated and a memorial service to celebrate his life will be on Sept. 29, 2018, at the Evangelical Church in Glasgsowm at 11 a.m. with military honors. A luncheon will follow at the Glasgow Elks Lodge.
Kirkwood Funeral Home of Malta was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Phyllis Picard

Phyllis Jane Picard, 94, of Culbertson died Sept. 21, 2018, at the Roosevelt Medical Center in Culbertson.
She was born Nov. 19, 1923, in Culbertson to Vernon and Ruth Armstrong. They lived in a dugout south of town, and Vernon ran the Missouri River Ferry. When she was six years old, the family moved to Missoula in search of work. After graduating from high school, she landed in Spokane, Wash., where she worked at a jewelry store before joining the United States Marines.
She enlisted in 1944 and was stationed at Camp Lajeune in North Carolina and later stationed in San Francisco, Calif. She was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal in 1945.
Shes married Frank Neumann and, to this union a son, Gerald “Jerry,” was born. In 1947, her brother, Orville, wanted to move back to Culbertson to finish high school. She agreed to move back with him and began her work at the Bell Telephone office in August of that year.
In 1952, she married Bob Traeger and they had two children, Tracey and Terry. In 1965, she started her employment with the soil conservation office, before moving to the Culbertson safflower plant, where she worked until her retirement in 1989.
On Nov. 24, 1990, she married Glen Picard and moved to Bainville. After Glen’s death, she lived in Bainville for a short time before moving back to Culbertson, where she lived until her death.
She was a 4-H leader from 1949-1973. She was a founding member of the Cottonwood Club and a founding member and supporter of the Culbertson Saddle Club.
She was always ready for a game of cards and there was a deck of cards on her table. She enjoyed her morning coffee and lunches with friends. She loved traveling and was able to see all the states including Alaska and Hawaii. She also traveled to Europe and Australia. She celebrated her 90th birthday with extended family on a Caribbean cruise.
She was a courageous and independent woman, who tried to live life to the fullest.
She was preceded in death by three husbands and one brother.
She is survived by her brothers, Orville Armstrong and Fred Poland; children, Jerry Neumann, Tracey Hauso and Terry Traeger; and numerous grandchildren and great-granchildren.
Her funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the United Methodist Church in Culbertson. Rev. Tim Hutslar officiated. Interment with military honors was in Hillside Cemetery in Culbertson.

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